Help Fight Summer Hunger

May 16, 2017

Imagine you’re a child on the last day of school. It’s lunch time and you’re listening to friends talk about plans for the summer, the camps they’re going to, maybe a trip to a theme park. But, as you look down at your plate, you’re not thinking about roller coasters, road trips, or fun; you’re thinking this could be your last lunch for two and a half months.

For all too many children in South Carolina, summer is not a carefree time of relaxation and sleeping late, but a time of hunger. Across our state, nearly 60% of children are on free or reduced lunch, according to the SC Department of Education. When summer comes, these children, and their families, face increased stress on already stretched food budgets.

When summer comes, Harvest Hope sees thousands of more families each week as parents, and grandparents, struggle to feed children in their care. We see as much as a 40% increase in families served at our emergency food pantries and through our agency partners.

These are families with parents who are working, sometimes event two or three jobs, but who struggle to make ends meet. They’re faced with terrible choices. Do I feed my family or pay the car payment? Can I skip my medication to stretch it a little farther so I don’t have to skip dinner tonight? If I buy groceries and push the light bill back, will we be cut off?

This summer, Harvest Hope is excited to announce that we’re greatly expanding our Kid’s Café program. We’ll be providing hot meals to more than 300 children a day at sites around our territory. The Kid’s Cafés aren’t just a place for kids to get food. They’re a source of stability and mentorship for children who can be facing difficult home lives.

That’s why your help is so critical. When you donate to Harvest Hope, you’re not just providing a meal, you’re providing hope. It doesn’t take a huge gift to make a lasting impact on a child’s life. It only takes $250 to sponsor a child at a Kid’s Café for the entire summer. Most of us will spend that on our lunches in a month. You can sponsor a child for a month for just $100. Your gifts matter to those in need. To donate and give a family hope, simply click here.